The World Series of Poker main event reached its typical dramatic conclusion with 24-year-old Greg Merson taking home the $8.5 million first-place prize. But the excitement won't diminish for the remainder of the WSOP slate for 2012-13.
With plenty of big tournaments and elite players in action at every turn, there is still plenty of reason to maintain a following of the circuit as it continues to unfold.
Here is a look at the rest of the schedule and the significance of each remaining event.
Harveys Lake Tahoe (November 8-19)
The opening two days at Harveys plays host to a no-limit Texas Hold 'Em event, which counts toward the points standings. Merson overtook Phil Hellmuth atop the player of the year standings, but the Poker Brat is going to be more of a staple at these forthcoming circuit events.
After some more smaller pot games, a three-day main event of no-limit caps off the last three days, where a $1675 entry fee is required. There is an elimination round, but players can buy back in to chase after the ultimate prize of the tournament.
Harrah's Resort Atlantic City (November 29- December 10)
More no-limit play highlights the action in Atlantic City, but the end of the tournament already has 2013 WSOP main event ramifications.
The "Road to the 2013 WSOP Main Event" will be conducted on satellite. Although it won't count for the player of the year standings, it is still a huge opportunity to gain some leverage for poker's most prestigious event.
Harrah's Rincon (December 6-17)
What sets this tournament apart is the Wounded Warrior Project NLH Charity event. The proceeds from the December 8 event will go to the organization in a fine display by the tournament sponsors. Otherwise, it's Hold 'Em events galore as usual, with a pot-limit Omaha game thrown in on the 11th.
The Bicycle Casino (January 3-14, 2013)
Bell Gardens, CA will play host to a huge tournament and features the second-largest card room in the world. As the Los Angeles Times reported back in 1990, Sam Gilbert paid to have the casino built with millions of dollars in smuggled drug money.
The fascinating back story is about all there is to tell about this one, since all the events within it are still yet to be determined, according to the World Series of Poker's official website. Freddy Deeb won last year's main event and a $171K grand prize.
Choctaw Durant (January 10-21, 2013)
The site in Durant, Oklahoma—not to be confused with the Thunder NBA star—will up the stakes with a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool featuring some of the world's best poker players. Those three days of excitement take place from the 11th to the 13th.
A string of no-limit events all count for the points standings, followed by a series of satellite events to get to the Choctaw main event on the 19th.
Harrah's Tunica (January 24-February 4, 2013)
The next stop for the circuit lands in Missouri, where a turbo hold 'em event tops off the action in early February in addition to the Tunica three-day main feature. Players will have a quick turnaround to Vegas and Caesars Palace from here, so performing well heading into the biggest early tournament of 2013 will be all the more crucial.
Caesars Palace (February 7-18, 2013)
Kevin Calenzo notched his first professional victory in the main event at this circuit stop in January. Struggling this year, it will be interesting to see if Calenzo can find the magic at this venue again. But it will be difficult with so many top-tier players sure to be vying for leverage in the points standings.
Palm Beach Kennel Club (February 14-27, 2013)
Nick Sortal of the Sun-Sentinel originally reported the record $1 million in guaranteed WSOP prize money that the Kennel casino was going to offer to the pros.
Canada's Jim Harnden emerged with the highest earnings in the final last time around.
No list of events has been specified for the seven stops that make up the rest of the schedule. Here is a breakdown of the rest of the dates, cities and venues in 2012-13. The full schedule can be viewed at WSOP.com.
|Caesars Atlantic City||Feb. 28-March 11||Atlantic City, NJ|
|Horseshoe Cleveland||March 14-25||Cleveland, OH|
|Foxwoods||March 27-April 13||Mashantucket, CT|
|Harrah's Cherokee||April 4-15||Cherokee, NC|
|Horseshoe Council Bluffs||April 11-22||Council Bluffs, IA|
|Harrah's Philadelphia||April 25-May 6||Chester, PA|
|Harrah's New Orleans||May 9-20||New Orleans, LA|